Women’s Rights

India outrage after minister blames ‘Western dress’ for groping

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An Indian minister who said groping at New Year celebrations in Bangalore was caused by women dressing “like Westerners” has caused outrage. BBC News Reports have emerged on local and social media of women being molested during festivities on Saturday night. A Bangalore newspaper… India outrage after… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Interview-Only a new law will guarantee Indian women have rights to land – scientist

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Granting women equal rights to land would help boost food production, says father of India’s “Green Revolution” Thomson Reuters Foundation News Rina Chandran CHENNAI, India, Dec 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India must pass a law granting women equal rights to land as men if the country is to ensure more food is grown for its more than 1 billion people and greater respect for… INTERVIEW-Only a new law will… Read More »

Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and misogyny

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Colombian women, victims of unsafe plastic surgeries, struggle to find justice and understanding in a sexist society. Al Jazeera News Catalina Ruiz-Navarro In Colombia, more than 350,000 plastic surgeries are performed each year; that is, 978 procedures a day, 40 an hour and three procedures every five minutes. Plastic surgery is one of the most profitable branches of… Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and… Read More »

Dodging domestic violence leave shows this government’s opinion of women

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Why should pollies do anything about saving lives when wearing ribbons is so much cheaper? Brisbane Times Andrew P Street Domestic violence is one of those things for which governments of all levels and sides like to express their righteous condemnation, provided that it’s done in cost-effective ways like wearing ribbons and making empty statements to the media. For conservative governments in particular, their zeal… Dodging domestic violence leave shows this… Read More »

Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in 1960s-style dresses

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A new Egyptian initiative is calling upon women to wear 1960s-style dresses as a way to fight sexual harassment. Al Monitor Menna A. Farouk The initiative, dubbed “Dresses of the Past When Our Streets Were Safe,” seeks to normalize the sight of women on the streets wearing dresses as it was in the 1960s, when sexual harassment rates were at their lowest. Hadia Abdel-Fattah, the feminist activist behind the… Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

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As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Nigeria: Women and the Boko Haram Insurgency

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Women have suffered violence and abuse by Boko Haram, but they are not only victims: some joined the jihadists voluntarily, others fight the insurgency, or work in relief and reconciliation. ICG Women’s experiences should inform policies to tackle the insurgency, and… Nigeria: Women and… Read More »

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

epaselect epa05345055 Women lie as victims during a rally against gender violence under the slogan 'Not one less - who touches one touches them all' in Montevideo, Uruguay, 03 June 2016. Many social organizations participated in the march defending the rights of women against gender violence and promoting gender equality. Protesters denounced also the lack of equality between men and women in many fields, such as the labor one.  EPA/JAVIER ROIBAS VEIGA

Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

America says goodbye to Michelle Obama, its mom-in-chief

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As she prepares to leave the White House, first lady and self-titled “mom-in-chief” Michelle Obama remains popular. Sara Hayden The Conversation Indeed, Obama was one of Hillary Clinton’s most powerful advocates during Clinton’s historic but ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign. From Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to her rebuke of Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, Obama urged the country to “go high” for the sake of our children. Assuming a maternal role is not unusual for a ... Read More »

White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over ‘poison’ of violence against women

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Six hundred people have marched at White Ribbon Day events in Darwin and Alice Springs, to stand against the scourge of violence continuing to threaten the lives of women. ABC Dijana Damjanovic Sixty-eight balloons were released a ceremony in Alice Springs, in memory of the women who have already died from domestic violence this year in Australia. In both Alice Springs and Darwin, about 300 people joined in… White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

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Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »

Ireland’s abortion laws may go to a referendum, but will it turn out like marriage equality?

This week a citizens’ assembly will meet in Dublin to take the first step towards a referendum on the contentious issue of abortion. ABC Keri Phillips While the Irish may have established their progressive bona fides last year with their vote on same-sex marriage, a vote on abortion could produce a very different result. In almost all circumstances, abortion is… Ireland’s abortion laws may go to a referendum, but will it… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »